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Optoelectronic systems for addressing Ru oxygen sensors: their design optimization and calibration process
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Paper Abstract

The paper describes research at Southampton University, aimed at optimizing the design of fibre-remoted dissolved-oxygen sensors, using immobilized fluorescent Ru2+ indicators. The design and construction of two types of fluorescence lifetime monitoring units, one type using phase-delay-monitoring and the other using photon-counting, is described. Results from a detailed theoretical study of a photon-counting RLD fluorescence lifetime sensor are presented, with specific attention to noise aspects. By numerical modeling of an analytical solution, the optimum time-window boundaries for the photon-counting system are identified. A surprising result is that the signal/noise can actually be improved by not using photon counts from all of the exponential decay, but leaving a time-gap in the measurement improves lifetime accuracy. Our previously reported Ti3+ - doped sapphire fluorescence-lifetime calibration probe is described, and a new method for RLD interrogator verification using the probe is demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2002
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4578, Fiber Optic Sensor Technology and Applications 2001, (14 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456098
Show Author Affiliations
E. A.D. Austin, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
John P. Dakin, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4578:
Fiber Optic Sensor Technology and Applications 2001
Michael A. Marcus; Brian Culshaw, Editor(s)

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